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Ask Maxim: Pennies, Bee Smells, and Hiccups

Answering all the questions you never knew you had (and some you did).

Can bees actually smell fear?
—Troy Nelson


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They can’t smell your fear, but they can smell your nervous B.O. “When afraid, a person sweats, discharging ‘does not belong in hive’ chemicals,” says Deborah O’Dell, associate professor of biology at the University of Mary Washington. “When bees detect that, they produce an alarm pheromone that may signal others to attack.” So always wear strong, unscented deodorant around bees. Actually, that’s good advice even for when you’re not around bees, you smelly scaredy-cat.
 

Why do we use pennies?
—Don Lumb


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A big reason for keeping the cent alive is that losing it would lead to inflation. “Prices would likely be rounded up to the nearest nickel,” says Michael Ful­jenz, president of Universal Coin & Bullion. “Plus, producers of zinc and copper would lose contracts worth tens of millions of dollars.” Want Americans to keep their jobs? Shut up and buy a damn coin purse.
 

Why does scaring someone cure the hiccups?
—Marcus Sims

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Marc I. Leavey, M.D., at Mercy Medical Center, breaks it down: “When your diaphragm is having spasms that produce hiccups, a good swift stretch, such as that produced by the involuntary gasp from a scare, often is enough to break the cycle.” Now if you can tell us our financial future, chances are our hiccups will be gone for good.


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